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Auction 182, Lot 313

Stunning View of Philadelphia by John Bachmann

"Birds Eye View of Philadelphia", Bachmann, John

Subject: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Period: 1850 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

27.3 x 18.5 inches
69.3 x 47 cm

Reps says of Bachmann that "No finer artist of city views worked in America than John Bachmann. Unfortunately, there is no artist about whom less is known." He immigrated to the United States from Switzerland and published his first view of New York City in 1848. He popularized the bird’s-eye prospective for American city views. This magnificent bird's-eye view shows the Philadelphia skyline looking west from the Delaware River. Drawn and engraved by Bachmann, and lithographed by Sarony & Major, 117 Fulton St. The imprint at bottom shows Bachmann's address at 116 Greenwich St. Sheet size is 31-1/8" x 24-1/8".

References: Reps (VIEWS) pg. 160, #3577.

Condition: A

On a bright, clean sheet with a tiny spots and a crease at top left confined to the blank margin.

Estimate: $3,250 - $4,250

Sold for: $2,400

Closed on 4/28/2021